Rob’s short story, MISS DIRECTION (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sep/Oct 2023) is a 2024 finalist for mysteries’ most prestigious prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America. The story is a free read on this web (see Short Stories). Rob’s debut short story, ANALOGUE (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2021), won the Mystery Writers of America 2022 Robert L Fish Award for best debut short story by an American Author.

Book one, THE CASE OF THE MISSING MAID, the first in a new historical series, “Harriet Morrow Investigates,” featuring a Chicago-based queer female detective in America’s Progressive Era, arrives this Christmas from Kensington Books.

Rob also writes the contemporary comedic series Hayden & Friends Mysteries, featuring a gay and lesbian amateur sleuth duo. Book one, DEVIL’S CHEW TOY, was a 2023 Best Debut Mystery Finalist for the Anthony, Macavity, Agatha, and Lefty Awards and was a 2022 Year’s Best by Crime Reads, BOLO Books, Book Riot, and POPSUGAR. The second book, CIRQUE DU SLAY, out now, is a most anticipated mystery by Publishers’ Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Book Riot and LGBTQ Reads.

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Rob attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. Years later, he earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Washington. Rob was a copywriter and senior brand strategist at leading global agencies and corporations before turning to fiction writing. After many years of living in Chicago (the setting for the Harriet Morrow series) and Seattle (the setting for the Hayden & Friends series), Rob resides in California with his long-time partner and a tall, gray cat.

He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and Queer Crime Writers.

Rob is represented by Stephany Evans at Ayesha Pande Literary. 

For Harriet Morrow Investigates publicity, events, and additional information, contact Larissa Ackerman, Kensington Publishing at lackerman@kensingtonbooks.com


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